Brickell Bay Beach Club & Spa
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TravelPod Member ReviewsWombat's Berlin
Simple and nice place to stay, very close to the beach and cheaper than other hotel options in the area. I really enjoyed the stay.
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Hotel sencillo con todas las comodidades necesarias para pasarla bien.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Wombat's Berlin
Close to everything!
Our first visit November 24,2004 to December 4, 2004. Very clean, excellent staff. No request ignored. Nice average room, no frills, but excellent price. We were able to walk to beach in 3 minutes, 5 restaurants in 2 minutes, and many more within 5 minute walk. Multiple casinos within 5 to 10 minute walk. Rental car booth outside the door. Pool excellent, clean and always empty. Nightly entertainment in plaza next door. We could lay by pool in evening in dark and listen to music. If you want high cost frills, stay at Hyatt, but for a nice, clean room and ease to travel entire island very easily, we highly recommend this budget hotel. There is so much to do, that we really only showered, napped, and slept at night in hotel. We snorkled 6-8 hours a day, played slots at night, and ate very nice meals. Lovely time!
An English view on hotel and Aruba
Pros: Very warm and friendly. Really good air-conditioning. Maid Service very good. Shower is good. Staff very friendly, helpful and available 24/7. Right next to MacDonalds/Wendys/Chinese restaraunt/couple of casinos and a load of Steakhouse-type restaurants. ATM straight opposite front entrance. 2/3min walk to beach. Beach Towels provided. Bus Stop right outside hotel on main road.
Cons: Lot of repair work going on. Pool Bar opens 3 or 4 random days out of 7. One restaurant attached to hotel. No "only-drinking" bars around.
Pool is "chlorined" at 7-730am every day meaning no swimming til at least 930am. No cooking facilities. Fridge is $10 a day (not $2 as advertised elsewhere)
Aruba: very american. most meals are about $15-$20 for a main dish although we did find some cheaper places.
Recommended eating: Salt and Peppers, good cheap pub-style food.
Champion Sports Bar at Marriot hotel, quite a walk but worth it for wings, ribs, burgers and a game of pool!
Chinese (next to Wendys), cant remember name but really authentic, we were the only english people in there, everyone was chinese which suggests good food, about $6 main dish.
Tomato Charlies, attached to Brickell Bay, really, really good pizza's.
Recommeded Drinking: we didnt do a lot of drinking, mainly because of the price. a bottle of beer cost between $4.50 and $5,50(about £3.50) and a cocktail starting at $6. Amstel Bright is a cheap alternative to Corona and just as nice. Balashi is the local tipple and well worth trying. its a pretty easy-going Carlsberg-in-a-bottle, but at %5 packs a punch. For value, buy from supermarkets ($20 for 24) and put on ice (saves a fortune at the pool bar through the day.)
Champions Bar at the Marriot is good for drinking as well as eating, and has a pool table $3 for half an hour. MooMba Beach Bar is a Tom Cruise Cocktail style beach bar, really good atmosphere and where all the local young waiters, waitresses and bar staff go.
For authenticity we found two options: pull up at one of the many roadside bars dotted around the island, or go to a bar called Manuelitos in Oranjestad. Its a really little Aruban Sports Bar, hidden away from the tourists. Although it is americanised, it is only really discovered by the locals and is full of Arubans. This was a really nice break from the "americanised" bars in the rest of the capital.
For activities, we went fishing with a guy called Captain Monty. We caught a 25lb Wahoo, 25-30lb Barracuda and a 35lb Tuna amonst other smaller wahoo and barracuda. We barter the price down from $250 to $200. We also rented a 4x4 which started off priced at $65 per day. After walking off the guy chased us up the street and said he'd do it for $35. Theres so much choice for EVERY activity on the island that if someone wont come down in price, simply walk off, they'll come after you. there must be at least 15 fishing boats, 5 or 6 car rentals, and i would estimate 30/40 watersport huts in aruba, so get the price right down. if you want to go fishing, we went to the harbour on plam beach and asked the captain directly, cutting out the "sharks" on the beach taking their cut.
There are trips to Curacao and Venezuala on offer, i think the prices were around the £100 per person mark for a two day trip. Because Aruba is so small I got quite bored. If you are on a tight budget (as I was) you will struggle to be occupied for two weeks. If you can afford to spend £75 a day, you will have a brilliant holiday. After realising i couldnt afford an action packed holiday, it is perfect for lazing by the pool/beach with a few Balashi and soaking up the rays. I wouldnt go again, purely because it costs too much money to keep me occupied. My final thought on Aruba is: Beautiful carribean island, lost its identity and has become American.
Great place to stay
Just come back from Aruba.Hotel was great.Not as luxurious as the ones across the road, but very clean, and exceptional every day cleaning provided.Reception staff friendly.In the middle of renovating, but did not disrupt stay.Would definitely recommend and return.
More pluses than minuses
Stayed at the Brickell from 03/20-03/27/04.
Great Water Pressure in the shower
Convienently Located in the High Rise area of Aruba with shopping, beach, restaurants etc within walking distance; bus to downtown area readily available, or taxi.
Friendly and helpful staff, especially front desk, housekeeping
Attractive, clean pool area
Attractive room price
No view (although very near to beach)
Ongoing construction and noise (hopefully temporary with positive end result)
Pool bartender was abrasive and uninviting and belligerent to co-worker who brought him lunch
Unclean pool bar with mold etc.
Room Fridge rate of $10/day seemed high
Hotel served our purposes which was to provide a clean, safe and comfortable place to sleep at night that is convienent to shops, restaurants, and beach. As the Motel 6 commercial says all rooms look the same at night. Why pay 2-3 times as much. Use the money to scuba dive is what I say.
A Basic Hotel
My husband and I booked a last minute trip to Aruba and stayed at Brickell Bay April 10 to 17/04. We found it to be a basic, clean hotel with few amenities, although we are not complaining because you get what you pay for. Our room was extremely clean, beach towels and beach lounge chairs were always available, the front desk staff was helpful.
The main problem was that the entire ground floor of the hotel was under construction, including the driveway, lobby, front desk area, cafe and bar areas, and back door area leading to the pool. Noise from the jackhammers and drills which were used to dig up the tile floors was constant from early morning until after 8 p.m. I would recommend asking your travel agent the status of the renovations before booking this hotel. The only other thing we didn't like was the bartender at the pool always had family and friends visiting. They monopolized the only shady area around the pool, and their kids played football in the pool. They also appeared to be receiving free drinks while we suckers had to pay for ours.
Quality and service , perfact GT
This has been my fourth trip to aruba. I have stayed at the Windam , the Hyatt and the holiday inn. Brickell Bay Beach Club was in my awsome. Comparing it to the other hotels I stayed in, oviously the others were closer to the beach and the pools were larger but Brickell bay was one third the price and in terms of quality and service is was just as good as two of the others and even better then one but I will not say which. The pool bar was awsome, increadablely good looking girls and the drinks were half the price then the hyatt and twice as strong. The hyatts bar rips you off!!! here they get strong drinks and sometimes will hook you up with free ones!!!! usually a few times a day. I alway could get towels and we needed a extra cot and it was in my room with in 5 mins after I called. Every one was so increadabley nice, you almost feel as if they all know your name by the end of the week. We got there and check in and got up graded to a better roome with a better view for the same price. Most help full one third the price , drinks were great , grils were hot, I will be staying there againg and again, >>>>>much better then the hyatt
Worked for us
This was a very last minute trip for my husband and I over the New Year's Holiday (1/31-1/6). BBBC was THE only place with availability and a "Supersaver" rate at that. Maybe our expectations were not as high as others but we found the facility to be just fine. Our room was clean, spacious and made up daily, the air conditioner worked fine (which couldn't be said of our friends who stayed across the street with an inch of H2O from theirs) and the Staff, from Eric, Felix & Larry at the front desk, Robbie at the Pool Bar, to the maids couldn't have been more accommodating or friendly and helpful. Did we have to ask for wash clothes a couple of times (no different than Cancun or St.
Maarten)? Sure, but we got them! The location, with the beach across the street, for the price we paid, worked for us.
One Happy Island, One Sad Resort
Just returned on 1/4/04 and was very dissatisfied with the hotel.
Missing locks, hair dryer, iron, no towels, bugs in coffee maker and EXCELLENT staff. I travel to Aruba 3 times yearly and this was terrible. The main reason I would return would be for the friends I made with the staff. The week I was there the owners were there and had I known this I would have said something. This is an inland hotel with walls surrounding the pool which is what I expected but I couldn't get a refrigerator or a cot to save my life. This was my new years eve choice to stay because it was the only hotel available on the entire island. Surprise, surprise!
Extreme make-over needed
We stayed at the Brickell October 2003. I have to start by saying that the staff is very very friendly but the hotel is not what it seems on the internet. We had a dirty room , the airco did not work well so everthing was very wet. Water was dripping from the walls. After 1 day all our clothes in our suitcases were wet. There is no restaurant so it is like sitting in the lobby to have breakfast with the TV screaming loudly. The elevator is the worst, dirty with a terrible smell. The pool is very nice but surrounded by walls. The store was never open. We only used the hotel to sleep and to take a shower. During the day we stayed at the other hotels to swim or have lunch and dinner. The Brickell needs an "extreme make-over" asap.
Our experience at the Brickell Bay was good. The wait staff was pleasant, and the rooms were perfect for travelers that enjoy spending their time on the beach and soaking up the Aruba sun. Beach/pool towels were also always available. The hotel is located about a block away from the beach, and is a 10 minute drive from Oranjestad. Overall, the Brickell Bay was definitely nothing to complain about.
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